Yoga 4 U – Mindful movements for body and soul
Cool off this summer with yoga, meditation and breathing techniques. Stay focused, healthy and happy with some simple practices. Summer time means different things for different people. A time to holiday, hit the beach, and relax. However you view summer, one thing is constant: it’s hot; really, really warm and muggy.
#1: The secret is in your breath – Sheetali Pranayama
2. Breathe in through the mouth, hold the breath and slowly exhale through the nose.
Repeat five to 10 times and voila you’ll find your body temperature cooling down.
Lots of people find that Sheetkari helps to quench thirst. It also helps to cool the body. But of course it’s not a
substitute for water and hence please keep hydrated for sure.
1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb.
2. Exhale completely through the left nostril and then breathe in through the left nostril.
3. Close the left nostril with your little ring finger and exhale through the right.
#3 Relax with Shavasana – After a long day, do not forget to unwind in the evening Lie down in Shavasana near a wall – with your feet touching the wall. Raise your legs and rest your feet on the wall. After holding the posture for a minute or two, bring the legs down and rest in Shavasana. This yoga pose is refreshing and restorative. Since the heart is pumping out more blood, when the temperature is high, this yoga pose helps the heart by returning more blood back to the heart.
Caution: Those with high blood pressure and back problems should avoid this yoga posture. An easier alternative to this yoga pose is to pile up some pillows and rest your feet on them.
These are some of the practices which have been loved by our readers. We’d love to hear about how you use yoga to cool during the summer
We hope you enjoyed reading these simple yet effective means of enriching our lives. If you have any experiences or simple home remedies to share, any useful and/or favourite yoga poses please share those with us.